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Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

By Yvonne Ejiofor 02 November 2017   |   8:41 am

In celebration of world vegan day which is celebrated one the 1st of November every year. It is amazing how easy it is to create vegan versions of old favourites and massive kudos to the food companies out there that make this possible.

Brown rice noodles may sound all fancy and obscure but know that this can easily be substituted with regular spaghetti (brown, if possible, for all that extra fibre and good stuff).

Equally, the vegan mince used in the bolognese sauce can be replaced with anything from cooked beans to peas to lentils for a similar hearty taste and texture. If you do happen to have access to pre made vegan mince or then go ahead and give it a go!

This recipe was borne out of a craving for something rich, comforting and packed full of flavour. Bolognese ticks all those boxes and then some. its only right that a shot is given at trying to incorporate healthier choices into our diet, here is a simple recipe you can try.

Ingredients

  • Brown rice noodles OR whole wheat  spaghetti
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 orange bell pepper (chopped)
  • 3 large tomatoes (chopped)
  • 2 small chillies or 1/2 scotch bonnet pepper (chopped)
  • 1 small red onion (finely chopped)
  •  1.5 cups tomato sauce (blended fresh tomatoes OR jar of passata)
  •  2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.25 cups vegan mince OR cooked beans/lentils
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 vegetable stock cube

Preperation

  1. Start by making the bolognese sauce. Heat the olive oil in a large pot and add all the chopped vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, chillies, onion), sauté for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add the vegan mince and stir to combine with the vegetables.
  3. Add the tomato sauce, stir and season the sauce with the salt, turmeric, chilli flakes and vegetable stock cube. Simmer on low-medium heat for 8-10 minutes (watch out that the sauce doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot; stir occasionally). Make sure the sauce is piping hot before serving.
  4. Cook the brown rice noodles (or spaghetti) as you would normally cook your pasta.
  5. Serve hot with a side of fresh salad to get those extra greens in. Enjoy!

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